Hong Kong Maritime Museum opens at Central Pier 8
Hong Kong's new Maritime Museum at Central Pier 8 was officially opened by Hong Kong's Chief Executive, Mr. C Y Leung on February 25, 2013. Mr Anthony J Hardy, Chairman of the Museum, Mr Richard Wesley, Museum Director and Mr Tung Chee Chen, Chairman of HKMM Trust shared the platform with the Chief Executive. Celebrities in political, business and cultural circles attended the reception which followed the official opening.
Mr Anthony J Hardy, Chairman of the Museum, said in his speech, “This Museum will not only remind the people of Hong Kong and visitors from abroad how essential the port and shipping has been, and will continue to be, to Hong Kong’s livelihood, but it will also provide a source of education, research and entertainment through its 13 permanent galleries and its two Special Exhibition Galleries. The latter will bring to Hong Kong every year several enlightening exhibitions from both Mainland China and from other museums and collections around the world.”
Museum Director Richard Wesley added, “The new Hong Kong Maritime Museum will set new standards in the presentation and interpretation of maritime history by adopting the latest in multimedia technology. We are seeking to excite and stimulate visitors both young and old in one of the best located museum facilities in the world.”
Mr Tung Chee Chen, Chairman of HKMM Trust, talked about the history of the port; “Shipping has always been a part of Hong Kong. From a fishing village to an international maritime centre, from a simple port of call to one of the world’s largest and most efficient container gateway ports, not only for the Pearl River Delta, but points inland. Maritime affairs have always been a part of Hong Kong’s colourful and remarkable history. In the future, as China becomes the world’s largest consumer as well as manufacturer, and as developing nations become the primary drivers of world economic growth, Hong Kong’s deep maritime cluster will once again undoubtedly play a critical part in the City’s growth and prosperity.”
The Museum opened to the public on the day following the official opening to immediate interest. The facility consists of fifteen new galleries, including two temporary exhibition spaces, a café, education room, museum shop and maritime heritage resource centre.
Development of the museum was made possible through a partnership between the Hong Kong Government and companies and individuals in the shipping business. The Hong Kong Maritime Museum is a registered charity employing 25 staff and consultants.
The total capital cost of converting the pier and creating 15 museum galleries was approximately HK$130 million provided by the Hong Kong SAR Government. Over HK$90 million was raised over the past two years in private support to cover object purchases for the museum's collection, and to establish an Endowment Fund.
Top: Two views of Central Pier 8 now home to the Hong Kong Maritime Museum
Lower picture: Official opening ceremony. From L-to-R: Mr Richard Wesley, Museum Director; Mr C Y Leung, Hong Kong Chief Executive; Mr Tung Chee Chen, Chairman of HKMM Trust; and Mr Anthony J Hardy, Chairman of the Museum
Museum website: www.hkmaritimemuseum.org